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Early education and childcare: Statutory guidance for local authorities

This statutory guidance includes new elements relating to early years provision for two year olds from lower income families and the provision of information, advice and training to childcare providers. It sets out a changed role for local authorities, to enable them to focus on identifying and supporting disadvantaged children to take up their early education place. The guidance seeks to assist local authorities, providers and parents by making it clear:

What outcomes different measures are seeking to achieve;

. what is a legal duty required by legislation; and

. what local authorities should do to fulfil their statutory responsibilities.

This document does not provide guidance on how providers operate their private businesses, including charges for provision over and above a child’s early education in place. Local authorities should not intervene in providers’ private businesses outside of a child’s early education place.